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Another newbie walks in...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dignam, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Dignam

    Dignam New Egg

    Jun 14, 2011
    hi everyone!

    I've been reading posts here for weeks and have finally created an account. I have 6 chickens I raised from day old chicks and they are now about 9 weeks old. 2 Light Brahmas, 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Araucanas. One of the Brahmas appears to be a cockerel so the debate I've been having with myself about getting a rooster has been resolved! I'm not sure how I feel about it now but it's a done deal. I've heard (and read) so many stories about brutal rooster behaviour that I'm a little nervous. I'm going to spend more time with "Martha" (named for Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf) and hold him more often.

    I could use some advice about picking up and holding chickens. I saw in a magazine a technique where the arm supports the bird with the hand under the belly and the hen facing the upper arm of the handler. I'm sure there are already posts on this and I'll take a look today. I tried to handle them often when they were chicks but there is only so much time! I've been picking up Martha and (s)he isn't crazy about it but I'm not going to be intimidated by a chicken!

    I've built a coop in our barn and have a caged run for them outside. We back up on a couple thousand acres of woods and have coyotes and fox and I just saw the biggest possum ever making its way out of my compost pile the other day. Him I'm going to try to trap and move him a few miles away from here.

    Half of what I read here fuels my enthusiasm and the other half freaks me out! Worming, stuck eggs, mites, predators! But I love my girls (and boy) and am looking forward to the adventure.

    all best,
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Newbies are great! [​IMG]
  3. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

    Jun 10, 2010
    Tower City, PA
    [​IMG] from Pennsylvania! What ever way you decide to hold them keep in mind the end where the poop comes from. My kids seem to always end up with poop on them when they hold the chicks!
  4. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  5. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
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  6. The Burg Peeps

    The Burg Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] fom Ontario, Canada! Hope you have a great time here.... now get crackin![​IMG]
  7. MyPeeps&Me

    MyPeeps&Me Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Welcome from CA
  8. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  10. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Welcome, from Minnesota.

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